New project to help lift local charities

Kimball announces call for artists’ chairlift designs

Posted: 10/01/2010 04:36:23 PM MDT

The Kimball Art Center and Canyons announced this week a unique fundraiser to get local artists’ creative juices and winter inspiration flowing.

“Chairity Lift” is a benefit for the Kimball and other nonprofit organizations. The project provides opportunities for professional artists and corporations to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art on actual chairlift seats donated by Canyons Resort.

Canyons recently deconstructed a 42-year-old, two-seater chairlift, the Golden Eagle, in order to make room for a new lift. Instead of letting the original chairs go to waste, the resort decided to donate some of them to the Kimball.

The Kimball will select 20 professional artists as well as 20 companies to create pieces of artwork using the chairs as canvases.

Companies will be given precedence based on past support of the Kimball. Companies that have confirmed participation include KSL, which is the presenting sponsor for the project; Canyons Resort; Backcountry.com; Coca-Cola; Ski Utah; Travelocity; eBay and The Waldorf Astoria.

The Kimball is currently accepting design proposals from artists of all ages. All proposals must be submitted to the Kimball’s executive director, Robin Marrouche, by Oct. 14.

Proposals may be dropped off in person at the Kimball, 638 Park Ave.; emailed to director@kimballartcenter.org; or mailed to P.O. Box 1478, Park City, UT 84060. Proposals should include the artist’s contact information, a brief description of the design concept including incorporated materials, and a detailed rendering of the artist’s designed chair.

Design proposals will be reviewed by members of the Kimball staff and board and selected artists will be notified by Oct. 15. The Kimball will provide the chair and artists will be responsible for the cost of their supplies. Artists will have until Thanksgiving to create their masterpieces.

The project features community elements similar to Park City’s successful “Moose on the Loose” and “Dogs of Bark City” campaigns.

As the chairs are completed, they will be displayed throughout Park City and Salt Lake City at locations determined by the Kimball. Companies may exhibit their chairs at their places of business to show their participation and support.

All of the chairs will be auctioned off at an event at Canyons’ Grand Summit Hotel on Dec. 17. Those who cannot attend the event will have to opportunity to bid on chairs via eBay.

Participating companies are encouraged to include products, services or gift certificates as a package deal with their chairs to up the ante at the auction.

Artists will receive 25 percent of the proceeds from their pieces and companies will designate 25 percent of the proceeds from their chairs to a nonprofit charity of their choice. Remaining proceeds will benefit education programs, year-round free exhibitions and events at the Kimball.

“We want dozens of nonprofits to benefit from this creative competition, hence the name,” says Marrouche. “Thanks to the Canyons’ support, we can all get a lift in spirits around the holidays. Plus, it will be highly entertaining to see who is gets more creative the companies or the professional artists.”

For more information about “Chairity Lift,” contact Marrouche at 649-8882 or director@kimballartcenter.org .

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